Liatris cylindracea at Indiana Dunes
Species Present and Native

Stem: unbranched green or purple tinged.  In Indiana, the stems are hairless with variety only occurring south in Kentucky and Missouri whereupon the stems and leaves are sometimes hairy.  

Flowers: in flower heads that are solitarily on a branch or few in a little spike like array.  The flower heads can be stalked or stalkless

Leaves: are linear around 10-25 cm (4-10 in) in length. Closely alternate appearing whorled. 

Sun: Full to part sun

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Ideal conditions: Dry open to partially-shaded conditions.

Liatris aspera at Indiana Dunes

Cylindrical Blazingstar

Liatris cylindracea  Michx.

Family:     Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Duration:  Perennial

Height:     20-60 cm (.65-2 ft)

Blooming: July-Sept.

 

Liatris cylindracea Indiana Dunes

Comments:  Unlike L. aspera, the bracts are sharp pointed.  It is successful in savanna systems that experience some fire.  It is unique in its shape relative to the other three native species of blazing star found in Northwest Indiana.

Etymology: The epithet "cylindracea" is derived from the Latin word which means, "cylindrical".  It is unknown where its genus name, Liatris, derived from.  

SOURCES & FURTHER RESOURCES:

Bonap map - Liatris

Illinois Wildflowers - Cylindrical blazingstar

Michigan Flora - Liatris cylindracea

Midwest Herbaria - Liatris cylindracea

all photos by Nathanael Pilla